25-year-old Gardner woman dies in rollover crash on I-35 in southern Johnson County

A 25-year-old Gardner woman died Wednesday morning after she was ejected from her Ford Explorer during a rollover crash in southern Johnson County.

The woman was identified as Tamiqua S. Kendricks.

“It appears that she was distracted,” said Master Trooper Howard Dickinson, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Kendricks was headed south on Interstate 35 about 8:30 a.m. when she crashed near West 167th Street south of Olathe.

Kendricks pulled hard to the right, which caused the SUV to swerve and make a side skid across the roadway. The vehicle then rolled two or three times, ejecting her, he said.

Kendricks apparently landed in the path of her own vehicle, he said.

Troopers are investigating what led to the crash, including whether she might have been texting before the crash, he said.

Kendricks was not wearing a seat belt, Dickinson said.

“If she had been wearing one,” Dickinson said, “she might still have been injured, but it would have been very unlikely she would have been killed.”